7 Keys To being Faithful and Successful

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Many people want “success to be convenient and instantaneous”.  If possible, they’d like to have an app on their smartphone or be able to order it on the internet with free overnight shipping.  It doesn’t work that way.

There is a process to being successful. . .and being faithful is one of the major keys.

Write down this next statement. . .get it embedded in your mental hard drive. . .available for instant recall.

If we’re not faithful with what we’ve got. . .that’s all we’ll ever get.

If we’re not faithful where we are with what we’ve got...we’ll never arrive at any other destination than where we are at this moment very moment.

If we’re not faithful where we are with what we’ve got...it'll take more than Map Quest for us to ever find our way out of mediocrity.

If we’re not faithful where we are with what we’ve got...we’ll never have to worry about our future success because we’ll never find it.

If we’re not faithful where we are with what we’ve got...we’ll never hear God say: “Well done My good and faithful servant.”

If we’re not faithful where we are with what we’ve got...then He will never reveal to us secret riches and hidden treasures.

Here are seven keys to being faithful and successful.

First, our Heavenly Father is faithful to perform what He has promised.

 

1 Corinthians 1:9 in the New Living Translation says:

“God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God is faithful so He expects us to be faithful as well.

If we’re made in His image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:26), then we should be doing what He does.  If He’s faithful to do what He says. . .then so should we.

Second, being faithful is a choice.

Psalm 119:30 in the New Living Translation say:

“I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.”

Make no mistake about it. . .being faithful is a choice and God is wanting you to make the right choice.  He is even sending you messages. . .just to make sure you get it.

Jeremiah 35:12 in the Message Bible says:

“[Why Won't You Learn Your Lesson?]. . .I have gone to a lot of trouble to get your attention, and you've ignored me. I sent prophet after prophet to you, all of them my servants, to tell you from early morning to late at night to change your life, make a clean break with your evil past and do what is right. . .”

Third, God is faithful to forgive our sins. 

1 John 1:9 in the Amplified Bible says:

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”

The King James Version of 1 John 1:9 says:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We receive forgiveness for our sins. . .and we forgive others their sins toward us.

Some people ask “Why should I forgive if the person isn’t willing to seek forgiveness?”

The Lord commands you to forgive, releasing the offense and the offender to Him. This is done in prayer to the Lord. God recognizes these situations in Romans 12:19 in The Living Bible which says:

“Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it. Don’t take the law into your own hands.”

When you have been wronged, and know you did nothing to deserve harsh treatment from the offender, you might think of retaliation. Retaliation or revenge is not the right course of action. You no longer dwell on the offense when you relinquish forgiveness, allowing God to take care of the vengeance in a fair, just, and appropriate manner.

Fourth, faithful stewardship produces success.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 says:

“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”           

If we don’t understand “stewardship,” we can’t understand the Christian life and how to walk effectively in God’s divine provision for us.

The simple definition of steward is someone who manages someone else’s property.  However, I think we need to dig a little deeper.

The Greek word for steward according to the Strong’s Concordance means:

1) the manager of household or of household affairs; especially a steward, manager, superintendent (whether free-born or as was usually the case, a freed-man or a slave) to whom the head of the house or proprietor has entrusted the management of his affairs, the care of receipts and expenditures, and the duty of dealing out the proper portion to every servant and even to the children not yet of age

Make no mistake . . . God is not looking for any below-average or even average stewards among His children.  He’s looking for believers who understand and practice faithfulness, integrity and excellence.

 The New Living Translation of 1 Corinthians 4:2 says:

“Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.”

The Greek word for faithful is defined as:

“persons who show themselves [diligent] in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties.”

And it comes from a root word that means “to make friends of, to win one's favor, gain one's good will, or to seek to win one, strive to please one.”

Fifth, we are deemed faithful when we do what He desires.

1 Samuel 2:35 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then I will raise up a faithful priest who will serve me and do what I desire. I will establish his family, and they will be priests to my anointed kings forever.

2 Kings 20:3 in the New Living Translation says:

“Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.”

There are powerful thoughts of Hezekiah in this verse. . .something God wants us to get and understand because the same verse is repeated again in Isaiah 38:3:

Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.”

Sixth, we are faithful when we do what we have promised to do.

The best way to have an excellent reputation is to be known and spoken of as a person who keeps their word. . .faithful to do what you’ve promised you’d do.

I’m not saying that faithfulness to your word will always be easy. . .it will not be.

Nehemiah 9:8 in the New Living Translation says:

“When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word.

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Hezekiah did this throughout all Judah, and he did what was good, right, and faithful before the Lord his God.  And every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in keeping with the law and the commandments to seek his God [inquiring of and yearning for Him], he did with all his heart, and he prospered.”

Faithfulness is a habit that leads to success.

Seventh, Success comes to the faithful.

We must be faithful. . .because He is faithful and He expects us to be faithful as well.

1 Corinthians 1:9 in the New Living Translation says:

“God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

If we’re made in His image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:26), then we should be doing what He does.  If He’s faithful to do what He says. . .then our goal should be to do as He does.

Being faithful is a choice.

Psalm 119:30 in the New Living Translation say:

“I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.”

God wants us to make the right choice. . .starting TODAY.

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